Strengthening Families

Following a recent announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the Troubled Families programme has been extended, and will now run until March 2022.

The Milton Keynes Strengthening Families Outcome Plan (PDF, 162KB) outlines the eligibility criteria for the programme. The expanded Programme focuses on transformational change at local level to encourage all agencies to deliver a ‘whole family approach’.  When making a referral, families will need to meet at least two of the six national headline criteria (below) to be eligible for the programme:

  1. Parents and children involved in crime or anti-social behaviour
  2. Children who have not been attending school regularly
  3. Children who need help
  4. Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion and young people at risk of ‘worklessness’
  5. Families affected by domestic violence and abuse
  6. Parents and children with a range of health problems

There are a few updates to the programme. The key changes are:

  • Extend the programme from families with dependent children to expecting parents;
  • Broaden the criteria to those families at risk of homelessness and experiencing in work poverty;
  • Clarify that involvement in gangs, knife crime and county lines are all legitimate indicators of eligibility.

We only accept referrals from professionals who work with children, for example: Social Workers, Schools, CAMHS, Youth Offending Team, Health Visitors, Children and Family Centres. It is not possible for families to self-refer.